UPDATE: Now Wojnarowski is reporting that talks have stalled out. Again. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. But it’s something to watch.
The Boston Celtics just took Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the draft.
The question is will he ever play a game wearing Celtics green, or is he bound for Indiana.
With Jimmy Butler off the board and headed to Minnesota, the Celtics appear to have gotten serious in talks with the Pacers about Paul George, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
The question — and what could hang this deal up — is what goes back to Indiana. Tatum is likely part of that mix, but what other player or picks are involved. Boston has plenty of assets, but Danny Ainge is loathed to give up too much for a rental.
And that’s what George could be — he is a free agent in the summer of 2018 and the people around him have made no secret of the fact he has interest in playing for the Lakers.
However, with George Boston can be right there with Cleveland at the top of the East, competing for a chance to go to the Finals. Isaiah Thomas, George, Al Horford and a deep bench (with more players potentially added) could be enough.
Will the winning, the history, the way players love being on a Brad Stevens team, and the fans be enough to keep George from their hated rivals in Los Angeles? That’s the risk, is Ainge willing to take it?